BEA Alonzo appears in her first horror movie, “Eerie”, which had its grand presscon at the ABS-CBN Studio Experience in Trinoma.
She plays Pat, a progressive minded guidance counselor in an exclusive school for girls which turns out to be haunted. She doesn’t believe in the supernatural and represents science. Charo Santos plays the strict and fanatical old-school nun, Sor Alice, who represents faith. The ghost is a student named Erika, who killed herself in the toilet. Pat starts to suspect it’s Sor Alice who actually killed the young girl who’s now a restless spirit.
“Very close ang material sa kabataan ko since I also studied in a catholic school na may urban legend talaga about a student na nag-suicide sa loob ng CR,” she says. “Marami namang ganyang kuwento sa mga eskwelahan kaya young students will be able to relate at magtatakutan sila while watching our movie.”
How come she has not tried doing a horror flick before? “May offer naman noong araw, pero tinatanggihan ko talaga dahil I felt I wasn’t ready. Kasi matatakutin ako and I’m not ready to go to dark places. Napanood ko lang 'yung horror film na ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose’, natakot na ako, hindi ako makatulog na mag-isa. But after I read the script of ‘Eerie’ by young director, Mikhail Red, and I learned that I will be working with Ma’am Charo, I just felt I can’t say no to this project. We filmed it for 20 days in an old seminary at marami talagang kahiwagaang naganap while we’re shooting it.”
So how is it working with Charo? “Siyempre, intimidated ako noong una because of her stature. But I quickly felt comfortable with her kasi nakikipagkuwentuhan talaga siya. Not the type na alam mong small talk lang but you can feel na sincere talaga siya and she’s really listening to you. She turned out to be very friendly and approachable.”
Recently, she declared in her social media account that 2019 is a year of change for her and posted her photo wearing a scanty swimsuit which she has never done before. She adds: “I want to forget about how I hated myself for being ‘fat’ in other people’s eyes and just remember the things that I love about my body. It’s the only body I am blessed with and I am thankful for my health because I can do things that make me happy. I hope this post could inspire other women to love themselves more—flaws and all. Let’s all work hard to better ourselves for us and not just so others could accept us.”
At the presscon, Bea looks so sexy and beautiful. She has every reason to be proud of herself. After doing three movies in succession (the first two are “Kasal” and “First Love”), she’s now all set to start a new teleserye with Richard Gutierrez and Ian Veneracion. “We’ll start taping in April,” she says. “Right now, we’re still training for our roles kasi very physical are requirements sa amin. Pero bago 'yun, watch muna kayo ng ‘Eerie’ that opens simultaneously here in the Philippines then also in Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei on March 27, to be followed by Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia.”